Celebration Cone 5-6 Glazes for Dinnerware
Now, you can brush on stoneware glazes as colorful as earthenware glazes!
By Tracy Throwing on the wheel is a favorite way I like to make pots, but I handbuild and sculpt as well. Having been influenced by my husband David’s work, I sometimes use the clay as a canvas and paint images with glaze. I teach glazing classes and workshops with David and on my own, and particularly enjoy working with Art Teachers and art students of all ages.
I started using AMACO’s celebration glazes when they first came out. My samples appear in the AMACO catalog for those glazes.
I think the Celebration Glaze colors are yummy. I enjoyed the colors so much that I started making dinnerware with selected colors for mix and match. I like the colors best when they are grouped together with different colors on each setting. The vibrant colors look great stacked up! One of my first customers bought sets of these bowls for parties in her home where she served hors d’oeuvres and soup. Her guests became interested, and I now have a number of customers who add to their sets every year or buy entire dinnerware sets.
Application of Celebration Glazes
I brush Celebration Glazes on my pots once they have been bisqued. The application for these glazes is three coats of glaze (each coat needs to dry before the next coat is applied) apply each coat with a fan brush. I float the glaze onto the pot with the fan brush – I reload the brush frequently and do not scrub with the brush to conserve glaze. The Celebration Glazes have worked best for me when I use three healthy coats and do not scimp (scrub with the brush). For good coverage and no brush marks, I paint the glaze on with each coat brushed on in an opposite direction. The first coat goes around the pot on the outside and around on the inside, the second coat goes up and down the sides and inside the pot, and the third coat also goes around. I glaze the outsides of pots first and then the insides.
I always make sure each coat of glaze is dry before applying the next coat. This is easy for me because I’m usually glazing a table load of pots when I glaze. If I’ve got thirty pots to glaze I go around and do one coat and by the time I get back to the first pot I’ve glazed the glaze is dry and ready for a second coat.
Celebration Glaze combined with other glazes
Here’s another way to use Celebration Glaze… I put one or two coats of a bright color like Scarlet Red in a pattern on bisque and then cover with one of AMACO’s Potters’ Choice glazes. I have used Blue Rutile (PC-20) with Scarlet Red (HF-165) under in a swirly pattern. I have also used Chartreuse (HF-142) under Textured Turquoise (PC-25) – I apply the Chartreuse with a sea sponge in a loose two coats and put two coats of Textured Turquoise over that. I like the depth created with these combinations on my pots. Another way is to use a Potters Choice glaze (three coats) on the bisque and then put a Celebration Glaze on top of the Potters’ Choice glaze. Test away and use these colors in combination for lots of decoration possibilities.